HD Heads-Up: November 28 – December 4

Fans of new episodes of The Big Bang Theory will have to abstain for two weeks ahead of Sheldon and Amy consummating their relationship.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the odd couple will have sex for the first time in the December 17 episode in the US.

It should screen here on December 23, subject to the vagaries of TV2’s Christmas scheduling.

But before this historic encounter, TBBT will be taking a two-week break in the US, which means TV2 will be re-running season eight episodes at 8.30 on December 2 and 9.

Back for new-season runs in the week starting November 28 are Doc Martin (TV1, 8.10 Saturday) and NCIS (TV3, 8.35 Tuesday), which will premiere here two months after their respective UK and US premieres, while TV3 will resurrect Kevin McCloud’s Escape to the Wild in an 8.30 Sunday slot.

The Grand Designs spin-off bombed so badly at 7.30 Thursdays that TV3 pulled it after only two weeks and clearly is banking on the popularity of Grand Designs NZ making viewers more receptive to its return.

Guesting on Friday’s The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30), ahead of the hour-long 200th episode of 7 Days (TV3, 9.30), are Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp, Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy.

TV3 also has the hour-long documentary, Til Death Do Us Part – The Antony De Malmanche Story (8.30 Monday), which concerns the fate of the middle-aged Kiwi convicted of drug trafficking in Bali, and TV2 will screen another take on Paul Mason in The World’s Fattest Man (8.30 Tuesday).

TV2 also has the clips special, Pets Who Hate Vets (8.30 Monday), and the illusionist special, Mat Franco’s Got Magic (7.30 Friday), but can’t yet confirm if they will be in HD.

The same week TV2 will farewell The Undateables and screen cross-over episodes of The Flash and Arrow within 24 hours of each other.

Coming attractions in HD include the network movie premieres of Pompeii (TV2, 8.30 Sunday) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (TV3, 8.30 Thursday), and re-runs of: Aladdin (TV2, 7.00 Saturday), Shrek the Third (TV3, 7.00 Saturday), Without a Paddle: Nature’s Calling (TV2, 8.50),  The Town (TV2, 1.15am Sunday), Borderline Murder (TV2, 3.30am Sunday), Cedar Rapids (TV3, 10.30 Sunday) and Piranha DD (TV2, 11.35 Sunday).

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2 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: November 28 – December 4”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/screenscribe.net/public_html/wp-content/themes/headlines/includes/theme-comments.php on line 66
    November 19, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Do you know when NCIS: LA will return , it would always screen on TV3 after NCIS.

  2. I expect it will be rolled out early next year. The two series used to air on different nights before being successfully double-billed. TV3 may now think each show is strong enough to be an 8.30 lead-in on different nights. Or it may wish to sustain the NCIS fan base for longer by staggering the series — ie start season seven of NCIS midway through s13 of NCIS so when the latter ends, the former’s still on air. Then again, it may simply be trying to boost sampling of NCIS stablemate SVU, which has suffered from being shuffled around the schedule.

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